Illinois ESP Insider News

ESP insider  | Mar. 9, 2018

Statewide spring elections

Looking for a way to have a voice in your statewide union and the decisions made by the union in regard to school support personnel? Here’s your opportunity. It’s election season.

Positions up for election:
  • NEA-RA state, retired and student delegates

State level positions up for election:

  • ESP council
  • Higher ed council
  • Retired council
  • Sectional representatives and alternates for ESP, higher ed and ethnic minority

ESP council vacancies: 

  • Council members-at-large (4)
  • ESP south central sectional representative
  • ESP south central sectional alternate
    • (All IEA-NEA members in regions 1-14, 45, 47, 48 and 62 are eligible to participate in this election)
  • ESP north central sectional alternate
    • ​(All IEA-NEA members in regions 15-25, 37, 38, 40, 44, 49, 51, 53, 54, 60, 61, 63, 65 and 66 are eligible to participate in this election)
March 29​: Election starts/online voting information mailed to members.
April 10: Last day to request paper ballots.
April 25: Online election closes/ballots due.

IEA members attended the Working People’s Day of Action Rally!

Working people from across the state of Illinois came together to stand up for our rights and freedom to organize and participate in our unions. Photos taken at the event are on Flickr – enjoy a few moments from the day. Also, visit IEA’s Facebook page to watch a short video.

Safe Schools for All campaign

In response to the tragic shooting at the Parkland, Fla. high school that killed 17 people on Feb. 14, IEA has created a new webpage, Safe Schools for All, which includes days of action dates, ideas and guidance on how IEA members can participate, and additional resources.

Be a part of the new NEA edCommunities on MYNEA360!

NEA’s edCommunities is our premium online professional practice and learning area where educators can:

  • CONNECT with virtual learning events to expand your PD opportunities!
  • COLLABORATE with other educators and education professionals!
  • SHARE classroom-ready resources and assessment and instruction materials!
  • ENGAGE with those who share your commitment to student success!

Joining NEA edCommunities means sharing your commitment and dedication through an open exchange of strengths and resources with thousands of other education professionals. Free and open to all, NEA edCommunities is driven by you to foster student success.

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IEA ESP Council and Assembly meeting held March 3

The ESP council met Sat., March 3, at the IEA Naperville office. ESP assemblies in Elgin, Palatine and Rockford joined the meeting via video conference. See photos.
Approximately 50 ESP members and staff gathered at four IEA offices to hear the stories of EOPA and D15 ESPs and connect with others around three questions. If you would like to have an ESP assembly close to you, please contact IEA ESP Council Chair Alex Wallace or Arlene Criglar.
While the next assembly is not yet scheduled, please Save the Date for the next ESP Council meeting which will be held on Sat., May 5, 9 a.m., at the IEA Naperville office, 1555 Bond Street, Suite 121. 

The ESP council consists of IEA members elected by you to serve as the voice of all job categories within the ranks of education support professionals. For more information, contact the ESP program office by emailing Arlene Criglar

Congratulations! ESP STAR award winner

Jill Scarcelli is a recipient of the ESP STAR in recognition of outstanding service. She is a library associate in Troy Community Consolidated School District 30C and a member of Troy Education Association in Region 51. Jill serves as secretary of her local and for their bargaining team and is also a member of the IEA ESP Council.

Nominate an ESP member today for the ESP STAR award

Presidents and members of the IEA Board of Directors can nominate ESPs for STARS in recognition of outstanding service. Nominations can be made online and videos can be attached. You may contact IEA Connect to indicate the reasons the local association president or member of the IEA Board of Directors has nominated the member for an ESP STAR.

Early voting has begun!